Ronald Kanterman, M.S.

Ronald Kanterman
Adjunct Faculty

Fire Science and Professional Studies
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
About Ronald

Ron Kanterman is a 47-year fire service veteran and is currently the Executive Inspector for the FDNY, Bureau of Fire Prevention. He worked at the Chief level for the previous 30 years in 3 commands in New Jersey and Connecticut.

Kanterman holds a BA in Fire Service Administration and a MS in Fire Protection Management, both from John Jay College in New York City. He holds a second Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is currently an adjunct professor of Fire Protection and Emergency Management at the University of New 51 and has taught for the past 32 years at various two and four-year colleges at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Kanterman has been published over 180 times and contributes to regularly through his blog page known as “Chief Kanterman’s Journal” as well as in Fire Engineering magazine. In 2019 Fire Engineering published two of his books; “Fire Officer’s Guide to Occupational Safety and Health” and “The Handbook for Hazardous Materials Response” which he co-authored. He was also a contributing chapter author for the inaugural Fire Engineering Firefighter I & II manual published in 2008. He authored the Health and Safety chapter in the 7th Edition of the Fire Chief’s handbook published in 2015 and has contributed to 6 other fire service texts as a chapter author. He published his first book entitled “Managing Fireworks Displays” in 2008. He’s sits on the Educational Advisory Committee for, and has taught at, the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) held annually in Indianapolis, Indiana for the past 25 years.

Chief Kanterman is an avid volunteer with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and worked as the Chief of Operations for 15 years at the National Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He assumed the role of Memorial Weekend Incident Commander in 2018. He is also an Instructor for the Local Assistance State Teams (LAST) program which assists fire departments and families who have experienced a line-of-duty-death and is affiliated with the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.

Courses Taught
  • EMGT 6603 (Catastrophe Readiness and Response)